Exhibiting Artist Information
2018 Application Information
Thank you for your interest in the 39th annual Arts Fair on the Square!
Artist applications will open for the 2019 fair on September 1, 2018.
We use ZAPPlication for our online applications. It's free to register for ZAPP and easy to use.
Click here to register and then search for Arts Fair on the Square Bloomington to find us or find us on or after September 1st.
All artists are encouraged to apply! If you do not wish to apply online, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact email@example.com to be added to the artist mailing list.
We are in the process of assembling our 2019 jury. Our jury features members of the Bloomington community including art professionals, art educators, gallery owners, artists, and craftspeople. Artist applicants are scored by the jury based on originality, craftsmanship, and presentation. We are incredibly pleased to welcome these strong jury members dedicated to maintaining the highest quality of art and craft for the 39th Annual Arts Fair on the Square!
2019 Exhibiting Artist Information
2019 Artist Schedule:
|Applications Open||September 1, 2018|
|Application Deadline||March 1, 2019|
|Jury Review Begin||March 5, 2019|
|Jury Review End||March 12, 2019|
|Application Results Emailed||March 15, 2019|
|Acceptance and Booth Purchase Deadline||April 1, 2019|
|Booth Assignments Emailed||May 15, 2019|
|Show Date||June 22, 2019|
$25 Jury Fee per Applicant
$180 Show Fee per Booth
Booth assignments are based on artist requests, application date, and number of consecutive years exhibiting. If you did not receive your preferred booth choice(s), please understand that we receive multiple requests for many booths and do our best to find the best space possible for every participant. The fair map is located above, in ZAPP, and in the Artist Information Document. Booth spaces are 10’x10’ squares. Unless otherwise noted or arranged, NO additional space is guaranteed to be available around or behind your booth. If you requested additional space around or behind your booth, please confirm with the fair manager that your assigned booth number has additional space before planning your setup. Otherwise, please make sure that all of your materials will completely fit into a 10’x10’ square. Per courthouse square and city regulations, we are not permitted to have any materials on the courthouse walking paths or the street sidewalks during the fair.
Arts Fair on the Square preferred lodging:
Grant Street Inn 812-334-2353
The Grant Street Inn, a bed and breakfast located in the heart of Bloomington four blocks from the courthouse square features 40 distinct rooms, each decorated with a personality all its own. This historic bed and breakfast offers comfort and luxury and is sure to have a room that suits your needs and preferences.
Please tell the front desk when making your reservation that you are participating in Arts Fair on the Square to receive a special artist rate.
Located in downtown Bloomington, Springhill Suites Bloomington is two blocks off the square. We offer free hot breakfast, free WiFi, parking garage ($7 daily rate), 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, and a custom lobby bar with fireplace and lounge areas. Our spacious suites are 25% larger than other hotels in downtown Bloomington and feature separate living areas with pullout sofas and flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, and iPod docking stations.
Please contact sales manager Emily at (812) 337-7772 when making your reservation to receive a special artist rate.
6:00 - 9:00 AM
Please go to the Bloomington Playwrights Project Information Tent to check in, pick up your artist information materials, receive your complimentary coffee and breakfast snack, and be shown to your space. Booth numbers are indicated with numbered cones for the spaces on the street and with numbered flags for the spaces on the grass. Booth edges are marked with chalk on the street and with flags on the grass. Please remember to bring a picture ID with you when you check-in. Check in is available promptly at 6:00 AM at the Information Tent ONLY. Complimentary coffee is available until noon and breakfast snacks are available while supplies last.
Loading zones are located on Kirkwood Avenue (5th Street) and Sixth Street between College Avenue and Walnut Street from 6:00 - 9:30 AM and 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Both Kirkwood Avenue and Sixth Street between College Avenue and Walnut Street will run ONE WAY during Set Up and Tear Down. Sixth Street will run East to West ONLY and Kirkwood Avenue will run West to East ONLY. As you park to unload, please do not park in or block any booth spaces. Parking on Kirkwood Avenue and Sixth Streets is reserved for loading and unloading ONLY. You WILL be ticketed and/or towed by the city for failure to move your vehicle out of the loading zones by 9:30 AM as the loading zones become walking traffic areas promptly at 9:30 AM.
Please park elsewhere AFTER unloading and BEFORE setting up so that other artists may readily access the loading zones. In an effort to make load-in and load-out as smooth as possible, we request that you limit your time in the loading zone to no more than 20 minutes. Parking is NOT permitted on Kirkwood Avenue and Sixth Streets between College Avenue and Walnut Street from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, immediately before and during the fair due to the many pedestrian fairgoers anxious to view and purchase your amazing work! Parking on Kirkwood Avenue and Sixth Streets between College Avenue and Walnut Street is subject to city parking regulations before 6:00 AM (when Set Up begins) and after 7:00 PM (when Tear Down ends).
Free parking is available at the Monroe Convention Center and in the Fourth Street Garage (Garage Art) all day. Please park oversized vehicles in the back lot at the Monroe Convention Center. Oversized vehicles will NOT fit in the downtown parking garages or metered street spaces. Please see the Downtown Bloomington and Parking Map on page 6 for free parking locations.
The Monroe Convention Center is located on College Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets. The Fourth Street Garage is located at the corner of 4th and Walnut Streets one block south of the Courthouse Square across from the John Waldron Arts Center. If parking in the Fourth Street Garage, please do not park in leased spaces. These are reserved for leasees only; you will be ticketed. All other standard parking spaces in the garage are available at no charge on the day of the fair.
Bloomington also has metered parking spaces throughout downtown and directly around the Courthouse Square. Meters are active from 9 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday. The city WILL ticket vehicles with expired meters. For more information about Downtown Bloomington parking, please go to Visit Bloomington's parking information site, https://www.visitbloomington.com/make-a-plan/maps-and-transportation/downtown-parking/
Arts Fair on the Square and the Bloomington Playwrights Project cannot be held responsible for parking tickets.>
Bloomington also has many one-way streets, which can make it a challenging place to navigate if you are new to the area. Please note that College Avenue downtown is one-way heading South and Walnut Street downtown is one-way heading North. Both College Avenue and Walnut Street eventually turn into two-way streets outside of the heart of downtown (because doing so makes getting around that much more fun).
6:00 - 10:00 AM
Please move your vehicle out of the loading zones AFTER unloading and BEFORE setting up in order to make load in and load out as smooth as possible for all participants. Due to an underground sprinkler system on the courthouse lawn, ground stakes are NOT PERMITTED. Please plan on an alternative way to secure your tent. Please be kind to the grass and do not cover it with any flooring materials, mats, or rugs. Generators are not permitted. Electricity is unfortunately not available.
All booths must be attended for the duration of the fair. If you need a break, we have volunteers available to watch your booth. Members of the staff, board, and volunteers will be checking with you throughout the day to see if you need a break or if there is anything else we can do for you. Please do not hesitate to come to the Information Tent or flag down a volunteer if you need assistance of any kind.
5:00 - 7:00 PM Please help us make the teardown and load out process as smooth as possible. Please do not move your vehicle into the loading zone until AFTER your booth is completely packed up and ready to be loaded. Please limit your time in the loading zone as much as possible as we will have many artists in need of the space when you are finished loading your vehicle.
We want to be certain that you have a great experience with us. If we have left any questions unanswered or if there is something we can do to make this process easier or better, please feel free to contact us at any time. We truly do listen to your comments and suggestions and use your feedback to make the fair better every year! You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 334-1188. We are happy to help.
Rules & Reminders
- - Exhibitors must be directly involved in the design and production of the work they exhibit.
- - Only work representative of the images submitted during the application process may be exhibited. Arts Fair on the Square reserves the right to request removal of any work that differs from the type and category accepted as well as any inappropriate work on display.
- - Manufactured items are NOT permitted and will be disqualified from the jurying process. If discovered during any part of the show, the Event Manager may ask that manufactured items be removed from display. Arts Fair on the Square reserves the right to remove exhibitors from the fair if they have misrepresented their work or been accepted under false pretenses during the jury process.
- - Arts Fair on the Square takes place from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please stay for the duration of the fair if at all possible. If you need to leave early, please see a volunteer or contact the information tent so that we can make arrangements for your load-out.
- - All booths must be attended for the duration of the fair. If you need a break, we have volunteers available to watch your booth. Members of the staff, board of trustees, and volunteers will be checking with you throughout the day to see if you need a break or if there is anything else we can do for you. Please do not hesitate to come to the information tent if you need assistance of any kind.
- - The following items are unfortunately NOT permitted or available at Arts Fair on the Square: ground stakes, generators, electricity, and ground coverings on grass (ground coverings are permitted on concrete.)
- - Arts Fair on the Square reserves the right to digitally document the event and use the images for public relations, print media, and archival purposes.
Artist Sales Tax
Each artist is responsible for submitting Indiana State Sales tax, currently 7%. Read about the current Indiana Sales Tax requirements and submission information on the following websites:
Indiana Department of Revenue, http://www.in.gov/dor/3335.htm
Indiana New and Small Business Education Center, https://www.in.gov/dor/3939.htm
Most artists are considered sole proprtietors and need to complete the Indiana Department of Revenue's Business Tax Application through INBiz, which has replaced the previous BT-1 form. Find out more and register your business at https://inbiz.in.gov/BOS/Home/Index. All Indiana business and tax information can be found through INBiz.
Although we have done our best to include current and updated information, please check to make sure that this information has not changed before applying and submitting your sales taxes.